Saurav is a software engineer who’s interest in computers was piqued by video games. His first memories of gaming are of playing tennis on the Atari 2600, that his father bought home one day. His neighbor across the street had a Nintendo 64 with whom he played Super Mario Bros all winter long.
He was sent to boarding school early on; at the young age of 7 to enchanting Darjeeling where he spent the next three years learning about various ghosts that haunted town, the lyrics to Mr. Big’s To Be With You (sung by a classmate’s who’s name he doesn’t quite remember but face is crystal clear), and Tetris.
At a fete in North Point he spent all his hours staring at this new thing called a computer where they were playing a game called pong. It was cool! Like tennis but with a keyboard, with opposing players at opposing ends of it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t going to own a personal computer until 8 years later. Till then it was two 30 minute sessions on the school computer every week where he learnt programming. Initially it was on a language called logo where one had to instruct a turtle to move around and it created lines wherever it went. After that it was GW Basic which was not as interesting as turtles with trailing lines but interesting enough.
Two months of the year Saurav spent back home in Kathmandu where he convinced his parents that he needed “computer tuition”. Armed with a 3.5” floppy drive, that he referred to as “A: Drive” he filled it up with as many games as he could fit. Accolade and Prince were favorites. He did not learn any programming those two months.
As the years went on, he spent his free time reading his favorite monthly magazine: Chip (which later rebranded to Digit). The publication reviewed gadgets and hardware that he would then spend some time dreaming about having. More importantly, each magazine contained a CD (or two) full of shareware, trials, and game demos! He kept them all in his locker waiting for his yearly trip back home to his computer tuitions.
After a few years, Chip/Digit switched from a measly 650 MB CD to DVD format! More space meant more games! On one of their specials they included not one, but TWO DVDS! But the second one did not contain any games. It had something called a Mandrake Linux. A picture of a magic stick and a hat. Weird! However the article authors seemed super excited about using that thing called linux so obviously Saurav was on board as well.
And he’s been on board ever since: prodding, poking, experimenting, observing, thinking and dreaming. This blog is a collection of his thoughts and ideas on things.